Profile of Emily Turnbull

Emily Turnbull

Managing Associate, BA (Hons), MA Pub & Int Law, MSc Environ Management

About Emily Turnbull

Emily specialises in Disputes and Investigations and is based in Melbourne.

Emily advises on complex litigation, commercial arbitration, and material investigations, as well as issues arising under international investment agreements and treaties. She has particular experience advising on extractives, energy, and environment disputes.

Emily is also a member of the firm's Risk & Compliance Advisory practice, with particular experience in sustainability & ESG controls design and implementation. Emily frequently advises clients on managing relationships with home/host governments and regulators in Australia and overseas, including the application of voluntary standards and grievance mechanisms.

Emily's experience at Allens includes advising:

  • Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety – acting for one of the largest Australian aged care providers in relation to the Royal Commission.
  • Ford 'Powershift' class action– acting for Ford Australia in defence of a class action in the Federal Court of Australia seeking compensation in relation to allegedly defective transmissions in certain Ford vehicles.
  • An international resources company – on a complaint to the Australian OECD National Contact Point on allegations of breaches of the OECD Guidelines on environment and human rights.
  • Clients across a range of sectors on independent investigations into allegations of misconduct including foreign bribery and corruption issues.
  • Mining and oil and gas clients on class actions and representative proceedings involving tort and constitutional law claims commenced in Australia and overseas alleging environmental, social or human rights impacts.
  • Mining and oil and gas clients on investigations into alleged human rights and environmental impacts at site, including alignment with soft law standards such as the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.
  • A range of companies on business human rights issues, including modern slavery, best practice engagement with Indigenous peoples, and the development of grievance mechanisms.
  • Numerous resources, banking and finance and manufacturing companies on development and implementation of ESG policies and procedures, risk assessments, due diligence, and compliance uplift, including on anti-bribery, sanctions, climate change, and human rights.

Before joining Allens, Emily was an associate in Disputes and Investigations at Slaughter and May, and then a member of the Environment and Climate Change team at Allen and Overy in London.